Dwight Worden

City Council
Title: Councilmember (12/2026)

Dwight has lived in Del Mar for 34 years. He founded his law firm in Solana Beach, Worden & Williams, in 1975 and retired from active practice in 2001. During his years as a practicing lawyer Dwight specialized in land use, environmental, and government law. He represented numerous government agencies and environmental organizations including the San Dieguito River Park JPA, NCTD, the San Elijo JPA, the County Water Authority, the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society, the Native Plant Society, and many cities and special districts. He served as Del Mar City attorney from 1977-83 and as special council to Del Mar on selected matters up until his retirement from active practice in 2001.

Dwight also served on the Solana Beach Elementary School Board of Trustees, on the Attorney General's Environmental Task Force, on the Coastal Commission (as a governor and president of the senate appointee), on the Surfrider Foundation National Advisory Board, on the Penasquitos Lagoon Foundation Board, and on other local and regional organizations. He has lectured to the League of California Cities, the Trial Lawyers Association, the Coastal Commission and its staff, and has served on many panels on CEQA, coastal issues, the Brown Act, Initiatives and Referendums,and related matters. He authored a chapter on general plan law in a major environmental law treatise and was a contributing editor to The Land Use Forum, published by the California Continuing Education of the Bar. Dwight taught environmental law as an adjunct professor at both USD and Thomas Jefferson law schools.

Here in Del Mar Dwight served on the Board of the Del Mar Foundation and has done volunteer legal and other work for numerous Del Mar committees and causes, including DMCC, the Del Mar Foundation, and the lagoon committee. He served on the Ad Hoc Task Force on fairgrounds issues, on the Form Based Code Committee, and on the Garden Del Mar Committee.

Dwight is an avid bluegrass musician playing in three local bands and serving on the Board of the San Diego Bluegrass Society. He recently completed a six year term on the International Bluegrass Music Association Board of Directors. Dwight shares his life with long time partner Betty Wheeler and has one daughter, Laurel, and two grand kids--Harper and Hogan living in North Park.

You can reach Dwight at: 858-755-9313 or by email at dworden@delmar.ca.us. Dwight welcomes your comments and input.


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